Fear is a multi-faceted mystery we all know a thing or two about.  The fear of the Lord (having an overwhelming, reverential awe of God and His holiness) is a blessing and foundation for all wisdom (see Proverbs 9:10). Fears such as those falling under the category of our “flight or fight” instincts—an entirely different matter—may either serve us well or cause problems.

Today’s blog is intended to equip us with insights and biblical truths regarding those fears which distract us from sound insight and biblical truths.

This is important because the world in which we live has a penchant for skewering things. Reasonable concerns are often labeled phobic (extreme or irrational). Yet matters people should give weight to are increasingly reduced to irrelevancy (such as living in the moment without thought to one’s eternal destination and the realities of heaven and hell).

Society also swings hard the other way. Misplaced or irrational fears are implanted and stoked in the minds of people. In fact, according to Psychology Today a common Gen Z outlook on the future is that of doom—and this didn’t just come out of nowhere. Fear is a great motivator in the hands of those seeking to control others for selfish gain.

Unlike the world in which we live, however, God knows the underlying root of all fear, is compassionate and caring when we have it, and makes available what it is we need in order to replace it with truth-based confidence. And more.

Let’s go to the record book on this.

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Human fear first arose within the context of spiritual separation from God—a direct result of Adam and Eve choosing a path of self-will in lieu of their Creator’s expressed will (see Genesis 2:16-17; 3:6-9). They sinned, engaged in futile damage control, and hid from God.

From that point on, fear became humanity’s new normal. God is all powerful and holy; we aren’t (Revelation 15:4). He is the Creator and we, the created, must give an account to Him (Romans 14:10-12). In addition to these frightening realities that Adam and Eve were incapable of dealing with, they went on to miss the physical presence and time they enjoyed with God every day in the Garden of Eden. They and their descendants would soon experience new fears relating to survival, injury, sickness, and death. The animal kingdom was ushered into these sufferings, as well. What the Bible describes as the “groaning” of creation tragically began (Genesis 3:17-19; 23-24; Romans 5:12; and Romans 8:22).

You and I subsequently understand legitimate fears about harm or danger. We may see “phobias” dismantling our own or others’ ability to concentrate or function with normality. Yet the bottom line is that—in one way or another—all have a common root:

They exist because the perfect fellowship between people and God was broken.

And fear is a byproduct of life in a world marred by sin.

Yet God did not abandon us.

What mercy! Rather than writing off the human race after it spiraled into sin, God made provision for us to know and love Him in this fallen world and beyond. He bridged the chasm of spiritual separation we brought upon ourselves. Through justice and the kind intention of His will, God opened the door for the forgiveness of sins—through the promise and gift of a Savior. He rescues the willing from eternal separation from Himself through faith in His only Son, Jesus Christ (see Genesis 3:15; 21; Luke 16:26; Romans 5:8; Ephesians 2:8-9; I Peter 3:18; Colossians 1:19-20; and I Timothy 2:5-6). Unless you’re new to Encouragement That Lasts, you know we can’t help but bask in this good news!

So what does this have to do with fear?

Everything. As just examined, the root cause of fear—sin and separation from God—has been dealt with by God.

We who have put our trust in God’s invitation of saving faith in Christ Jesus will never know separation from Him again.

  • He is with us (Matthew 28:20)
  • We have the gift of the Holy Spirit within us (I Corinthians 3:16; John 14:16-17; Romans 5:5)
  • We are loved with an unconditional love (Romans 5:8; I John 4:9-10)
  • He knows and understands everything we’re going through (Hebrews 4:15; Matthew 26:38; Hebrews 7:25)
  • Even in the midst of suffering, He has a plan for us—a good one—and it’s in motion (Romans 8:28-30; Proverbs 3:5-6; I Corinthians 2:9; Proverbs 16:3-4)
  • Our new home awaits us in God’s glorious presence, where we will have countless blessings and nothing to fear (Revelation 21:3-5; 22:1-5; Psalm 16:11)

These and other truths don’t make God unsympathetic when fear grips us. They prove He meets us in them and that His is a perfect, everlasting power and love we can trust.

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10).

God’s presence is a spiritual reality for the one who trusts in Christ Jesus for fulfilling all God’s righteous judgement of his or her sin. And this same forgiveness and treasure of His presence is available to you, my friend, if you haven’t yet accepted God’s gift: that is, offering your entire sin rap sheet (which separates you from acceptance in His presence) in exchange for full forgiveness and right standing with God through faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 6:23; 2 Corinthians 5:21; John 3:16; Jeremiah 29:13).

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God indeed knows the underlying root of your fears, is compassionate and caring when you have them, and makes available what it is you need in order to replace them with truth-based confidence: Himself and the good fear of an overwhelming, reverential awe of Him and His holiness.

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You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

(Psalm 16:11)

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And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

(Matthew 28:20b)

June

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